Nebraska Chautauqua

At the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice

May 19-20: Homestead Express (pre-Chautauqua weekend in Lincoln)

May 20: 150th Anniversery Signature Event

May 21-25: Evening Chautauqua Tent Programs

All events are free and open to the public!


The Nebraska Chautauqua, presented by the Nebraska Humanities Council, will be commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act, the Morrill Act, and the Pacific Railway Act and their far-reaching effects on Nebraska, the Great Plains, and the United States.  Events will feature scholars will portray six prominent historical figures: Grenville Dodge, Willa Cather, Standing Bear, Laura Ingalls Wilder, George Washington Carver, and Mark Twain; and will explore the impact of three important pieces of legislation passed within six weeks of each other in 1862.

The Chautauqua runs Monday through Friday, with a different scholar portraying his or her character each evening. Adults and youth will explore related topics at daytime workshops led by Chautauquans and other experts, and a Youth Chautauqua Camp will be conducted by Drs. Ann Birney and Joyce Thierer of Ride Into History. A pre-Chautauqua Homestead Express  is planned for May 19-20 in Lincoln.

For more information, visit or call (402) 474-2131!